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Smaller than nearby Lake Maggiore, lesser known than uber-famous Lake Como, Lake Orta is as charming as his bigger brothers and retains a much intimate, more romantic atmosphere. Located in the northern part of Piedmont, Lake Orta sits at the foot of pretty hills and imposing mountains and is the ideal destination for those who want to spend a few days in contact with nature, art and history. Although tiny in size, Lake Orta has a lot to offer when it comes to architecture, culture and gastronomy. The small town of Orta is the perfect place to start exploring the region, as it is well connected both by road to the rest of the region and by boat to the beautiful island of San Giulio. The town center has all been turned into a pedestrian-only area, which makes strolling around the narrow alleys and quaint piazzas a real pleasure: along the way there are lush courtyards, small stores and tiny antique stores to discover.
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